The conversion to Na2SO4 of NaCl deposited on oxide substrates was studied as a function of temperature, in air with various SO2 and H2O partial pressures. The substrate was either a pure oxide or an oxide scale growing on a metal specimen. The progress of the reaction was observed using the SEM-EDAX technique to monitor morphological effects and, as far as possible, establish the rate of the process. The physical characteristics of the interaction between salt and substrate were also examined with particular reference to physical damage to the underlying oxide, especially when this is a scale on a metal specimen. An effort was also made to establish the conditions under which liquid phases may form and the mechanisms by which they form.